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River issues approach a tipping point in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It's a cloudy, misty Sunday morning in January and Scott Hood called his catch as the fly fisherman stood in the clear, gently flowing water of the Lower Illinois River near Gore. "Always cast to a rising fish," he said, as his l...

 

Oklahoma student with rare condition makes winning shot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Randy Chesser always delivers the game-ending countdown. His daughter, Emily, hurries before time expires to make the shot on the 8-foot dirt path she's created around the basketball goal. Then she celebrates. "The Dale Lady P...

 

OSU/A&M Regent Jarold Callahan reappointed to board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has reappointed an Oklahoma rancher to the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges Board of Regents. Fallin says Jarold Callahan has been appointed to an eight-year term on the OSU/A&M board, pending s...

 

Officials predict more wildfires for Kansas in 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials are warning that 2018 could be another bad year for wildfires in Kansas. The central and southern Plains, including western and southern Kansas, all of Oklahoma and most of Texas, face an elevated threat of wildfires t...

 

Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — Luther sold its youth football field to Walmart about three years ago so that the company could build one of its Express stores, using the money from the sale and the new tax revenue to pay off the roughly $200,000 in debt t...

 

Winter storm expected to hit Nebraska, parts of Iowa, Kansas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A winter storm has Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Kansas in its crosshairs. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of Nebraska, starting Saturday evening in western Nebraska and continuing t...

 

Kansas freshman Billy Preston signs with European pro team

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas freshman Billy Preston has signed with a professional team in Bosnia, ending any chance the five-star prospect whose eligibility has been in question for months will play for the Jayhawks. Preston was expected to start fo...

 

Report: University of Kansas spent $21M on consulting fees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent report is criticizing the University of Kansas' previous administration for spending more than $21 million over a five-year period on consulting fees to find savings and efficiencies at its campuses. Chancellor Douglas G...

 

Kansas archbishop elected to lead anti-abortion role

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, has been chosen to a leading role in the Catholic Church's fight against abortion. Archbishop Joseph Naumann will be the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life A...

 

New Jersey first lady says she's a victim of sexual violence

New Jersey's new first lady publicly disclosed Saturday that she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college. Tammy Murphy told her story while speaking at a women's march in Morristown. The wife of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy was...

 

Utility seeks new wind, solar farms for Facebook data center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electricity provider is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook's new data center. The Public S...

 

Analysis: Dicamba debate lingers in Arkansas courts, Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over Arkansas' effort to ban an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied, causing widespread damage, is far from over, with attention now shifting to a manufacturer's lawsuit. The d...

 

Cattlemen not worried about growing meat alternatives

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans know where their meat comes from: the farms, ranches, feedlots and packing plants that make the state the nation's top beef producer and a growing supplier of pork and poultry. But what happens to the Beef State's m...

 

Latest figures have flu deaths in New Mexico up to 16

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of flu deaths in New Mexico continues to rise. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the latest figures attribute 16 deaths in New Mexico to the flu but a state Department of Health spokesman says the number is l...

 

More than 1K cold-stunned sea turtles found in Florida bay

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — More than 1,000 sea turtles stunned by unusually cold weather have been rescued from waters off Florida's Panhandle this month. U.S. Geological Survey sea turtle expert Margaret Lamont said cold-stunned sea turtles began a...

 
 By LORI DUNN    Regional    January 21, 2018

Mother, daughter share both sides of addiction, recovery

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — When she got hooked on hydrocodone, pain pills were cheap and easy to get from a doctor. With good insurance, you could get about 90 pills for under $5. Later, when she resorted to buying hydrocodone on the street, it cost h...

 

More cases of deer disease in Missouri, but experts hopeful

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in Missouri deer rose last year, but an expert with the state Department of Conservation said aggressive management efforts are helping to contain the spread. Wildlife d...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump disdained jobless rate, now loves it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, the presidential candidate, would not like the way Trump, the president, is crowing about today's unemployment rate. He'd be calling the whole thing a "hoax." Trump raised a red flag about declining jobless numbers d...

 

Study looking at chance of humans contracting deer disease

DENVER (AP) — Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn home a...

 

New Mexico to share in federal broadband dollars

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is among the states that will benefit from federal dollars aimed at boosting broadband connectivity in rural areas. USDA Rural Development New Mexico State Director Art Garcia says more than 60 percent of the s...

 

Dozens dressed as Tyrannosaurus rex descend on public square

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — His name means "king of the tyrant lizards," but sometimes Tyrannosaurus rex just wants to party. Make that many T. rexes. Hundreds of curious people descended on Portland's Monument Square on Saturday to observe a gathering o...

 

Little Cheerleaders Perform at Ranger Games Saturday afternoon

The Ranger Cheerleaders held a mini-cheerleading camp Saturday morning with 29 students participating. They are: Pre-K and Under: McInsey Bier, Tierney Crissup, Sutton Hanson, Avyn Heaton, Blakely...

 
 By Eric Scott    Sports    January 21, 2018

Goldbugs drop two straight in Cashion

CASHION, Okla. – After an overtime victory in the opener of the Cashion Country Line Tournament, the Alva Goldbugs fell victim in back-to-back contests as they lost the third-place game on Saturday a...

 
 By Eric Scott    Sports    January 21, 2018

Ladybugs finish third at Cashion tournament

CASHION, Okla. – On Saturday, the No. 14 Alva Ladybugs brought home the third-place trophy as they finished the Cashion County Line Tournament with an outstanding 46-35 victory over No. 13 R...

 

Halvorson, Minor Jr. lead Rangers past Tigers with career highs

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State men's basketball picked up a much-needed home victory over East Central University on Saturday. Offensively, the Rangers broke out for 101 points while shooti...

 

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